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POST-GAZEI-rE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN COMEDY Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. See SPECIAL EVENTS section for further details. night one to night two," said Bono, "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealedI" GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD -- January 22-25, 2015. Since 1989, Garth Brooks has been one of the biggest country art- ists, with six Diamond-certified al- bums. Brooks is currently on his first major tour in over a decade. The elec- trlfylng return of America's most pow- erful concert force makes his first Massachusetts appearance on The World Tour and his first time in Boston in over 17 years! MUSIC TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 NEIL DIAMOND March 23, 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neff Diamond will release his new CD "Melody Road," on October 21st. "Melody Road," his first album of new songs since 2008. Come March, Dia- mond will embark on a North Ameri- can concert tour that includes dates in the Unites States, Mexico and Canada. Diamond's career began in FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH the 1960s and continues on today 561 Main Street, Melrose, MA with ~uch fan favorites as: "Cracklin' (781) 665-4470 Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," *Longfellow Serenade," "I've Been This Way event/895584 Before," "If You Know What I Mean," ITALIAN OPERA AND WHAT "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me BROADWAY DID TO IT -- Friday, Flowers," "America," "Yesterday's January 23, 2015. Starring sopranos, Songs," "Heartlight," "I'm a Believer" Laura Han~en and Kristyn Taylor, and and Red Sox Nation's anthem "Sweet baritone, Frank Walker, singing arias, Caroline." A show not to be missedl duets and trios from favorite Italian Tickets are now on sale. operas followed by Broadway's version U2 July 10, 11, 14 & 15. 2015. of "drama, drama, drama[" Join U2 on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. The band are SANDERS THEATRE AT heading out on the road again, play- HARVARD UNIVERSITY ing indoor arenas for the first t/me in 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA a decade. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will see U2 play 19 VERDI UN BALLO IN MASCHERA cities worldwide next year, with pairs -- January 18, 2015. A semi-staged of shows in each city. Special shows opera performance with Federico are being planned for Dublin for the Cortese, Conductor and Edward Ber- end of next year to benefit the U2- keley, Stage Director. This perfor- initiated Music Generation project mance is a full opera, over 3 hours in and details will follow once they are length. Not designed for young chil- flnalised. "We are going to try to have dren and recommended for audiences a completely different feeling from I0 years of age and older. DANCE ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- 10:00 am to Noon every Prlday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.11IOwocma~eorrr "Italia oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to "Dolce Vlta Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Delia Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.corru "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Visit or; email: Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am: Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.corrL NEWBURY HANDMADE MARKET 301 Newbury Street, Boston, MA www.NewburyHandmadeMarket .com POP-UP SHOP INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED BY ETSY ARTISTS. Shop runs now through Christmas Eve. Newbu~" Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco- conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams. jewelry for men and women, hand- made clothing, pottery, candles, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists ever}- Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. Closes at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Located between the Hynes and Copley Green Line T stops, and near the Back Bay Orange Line T and commuter rail stop. from the T. Free parking is available. A killer line up of DJ's and live bands every Friday night. Beautiful 3,000 sq ft dance hall with exposed brick. A beginner lesson is included in the price of admission from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm- 12:00 am. No partner or prior experi- ence is required. All ages and dance levels welcome. formed to sold out theaters all over the country, including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Addition- ally, Craig has released three widely acclaimed stand-up comedy specials, including, "I'm Here to Help." which garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Ferguson is also a New York Times bestselling author, having released his first novel, Between The Bridge and The Riven and his memoir, America On Purpose - a book about why and how the late night fnnnyman became an American. WILBUR THEATRE THEATER 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO -- SHUBERT THEATRE January 17, 2015. "What's Wrong with 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco 617-482-9393 in his hilarious new hit stand-up spe- www, cial airing on Showtime and available Shubert on DVD nationwide on March 27th. DISHING WITH THE DIVAS -- A In "What's Wrong with People," he MUSICAL COMEDY -- March 27. brings his witheringly sarcastic and 2015. The high-energy performance exasperated take on modern behav- surrounds the final live studio broad- ior and decorum, trying to bridge the cast of the hit talk show "GIRL TALK" DCU CENTER gap between the Italian-American on WPMS radio. The two radio hosts 50 Foster Street Old World he grew up in and the con- and their most popular regular guest, Worcester, MA temporary frenetic world we all live in sex therapist Dr. Lauda (think Sofia 800-653-8000 today. The result is an original, highly Vergara), are going out in style! The relatable stand-up comedy tour-de- ladies love to dish about life, love, sex. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS -- force that has Sebastian performing marriage, relationships, friendships, February 7-8, 2015. The Professional sold-out concerts worldwide. His self- motherhood, careers, food, alcohol, Bull Riders announced that fans will deprecating comedy reminds fans of a and, yes, men in any capacity. This again be able to watch the best bull young Jerry Seinfeld who constantly show will have audiences dishing, riders and top bucking bulls when the challenges his audience to recognize dancing, laughing and singing from PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) the absurdities of everyday life. start to finish as these three talented returns to the DCU Center. Fans will CRAIG FERGUSON'S HOT & ladies belt out hits by artists such as witness thrilling 8-second rides and GRUMPY TOUR: WALKING THE The Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Lopez, jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the EARTH -- February 14, 2015. Craig Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, adrenaline-soaked performance as Ferguson entered the world of late and many morel the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk night comedy following a diverse and it all against monstrous animal eclectic career that encompasses film, BOSTON OPERA HOUSE athletes that can weigh as much as television and the stage. On Decem- 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 2,000 pounds. This year's event will ber 19th, 2014, Ferguson concluded 617-259-3400 feature a special opportunity for bull his nine-year run as the host of CBS's riding fans to get the ultimate in fan "The Late Late Show with Craig MOTOWN -- January 27 to Feb- experience. Ferguson," which has set all-time ruary 15, 2015. The smash hit Motown MONSTER JAM -- February 13- viewer records and earned him aThe Mus/cal is making its way across 15, 2015. Welcome to Monster Jam, Primetime Emmy nomination during the country in its first national tour! an incredible family-friendly experi- its run. Ferguson can currently be Featuring over 40 classic songs such ence starring the biggest performers seen as the host of the new syndi- as "My Girl," "What's Going On," on four wheels: Monster Jam mon- cated game show "Celebrity Name"Dancing in the Street," "I Heard it ster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, Game," from executive producersThrough the Grapevine" and "Ain't No ten-thousand-pound machines will Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Mountain High Enough." The true bring you to your feet, racing and rip- Ferguson recently lent his voice to the story behind the beat that changed ping up a custom-designed track full animated features "How to Train Your minds, touched lives and took the of obstacles to soar over -- OR Smash Dragon" and its sequel, "How to Train -world by storm, Motown shows how "through. Monster Jam provides a Your Dragon 2," as well as the Disney artists like Diana Ross, Michael massive night's entertainment animated features, "Winnie The Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie tailored perfectly for your family's bud- Pooh" and "Brave." Ferguson has be- Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Tempta- get, and these colorful larger-than- come a huge success on the North tions and more created the sound- life beasts are sure to capture the American comedy circuit, having per- track that transformed America. hearts of both young and old. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre, corn DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! -- January 16, 2015. The all- new Danc/ng w/th the Stars: Hue/tour will feature a cast of the television show's most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen num- bers and re-create some of the show's most memorable moments. As announced during Monday's broad- cast, Mark Ballas and Witney Carson are the first two dancers revealed to be on'the tour. Further announce- ments will be made throughout the season. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART I00 Northern Ave., Boston 617-478-3100 MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, and Words- January 21-25, 2015. Mark Morris re- tnms to the ICA for the first time since 2007. Brooklyn-based choreographer will present four works: Italian Con- certo, his interpretation of Bach's popular Italian Concerto in F Major; A Wooden Tree, a whimsical ensemble piece set to offbeat Ivor Cutler record- ings; the passionate Jenn and Spen- cer, with music by Henry Cowell; and Words, a brand-new work set to Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words." MMDG Music Ensemble per- forms live. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 978-884-7690 SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out Boston's most exciting swing dance. 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